Feuerzangenbowle is the name of a spectacular German drink that has become a popular tradition around Christmas time. Germany’s most spectacular drink consists of red wine, fruit and spices, prepared in a fireproof pot. The Feuerzangenbowle is a red wine-based punch. Despite the name, the drink is not a punch (to be drunk cold). After adding various fruits and spices, “fire tongs” are placed on a pot and a cone-shaped piece of sugar soaked in rum is lit, dripping into the liquid as it burns.
- 2 bottles of red wine
- 375 ml / 12 2/3 oz. overproof Rum (54%)
- 1 sugar loaf (250 g)
- 1 orange (untreated)
- 1 lemon (untreated)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 star anise
- 2 cloves
- Thinly peel the zest from the lemon and orange and squeeze out the juice.
- Pour the juice through a sieve into a pot.
- Pour in the citrus peels, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves and red wine.
- Heat ingredients but do not boil.
- Put the sugar loaf over the pot on tongs, drizzle with a little rum and set alight.
- Before the flame goes out, pour in the rum with a ladle.
- Serve the Feuerzangenbowle in tea or punch glasses.